Future JD Students

Checklist for the Law School Admission Process

The following checklist broadly illustrates the sequence of events in the law school application process. You are responsible for monitoring your file. (You can obtain your up-to-date file status online.)

  • Create your secure LSAC.org account.
  • Prepare for the LSAT. (Download a free sample test or purchase official LSAT prep books from LSAC.)
  • Research law schools and application deadlines. Find the right law school for you by using our searchable online database.
  • Register for the LSAT and sign up for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Register for these services online.
  • You need not register for the Credential Assembly Service at the same time you register for the LSAT; however, you should register long before your first law school application deadline.
  • Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier—in June or September/October—is often advised.
  • Test date or location changes can be made easily through your LSAC.org account.
  • Obtain your LSAT Admission Ticket (online or by mail).
  • Ask registrars to send your official transcripts to LSAC. Request forms are available at your LSAC.org account.
  • Allow two weeks from the time of receipt for us to process your US or Canadian transcripts. Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools located outside the United States, its territories, or Canada require additional processing time.
  • Contact your recommenders and evaluators to request your letters/evaluations. Letter of Recommendation forms and information about the Evaluation Service can be found on your LSAC.org account. School requirements vary.
  • Allow two weeks from the time of receipt for us to process your letters of recommendation.
  • Take the LSAT.
  • Obtain your LSAT score by e-mail and view your answer sheet, score conversion table, and test book (for disclosed tests only) in your LSAC.org account. (E-mail score reporting is free for LSAC online account holders.)
  • View your Academic Summary Report in your LSAC.org account once all US/Canadian undergraduate transcripts have been summarized.
  • Apply to law schools electronically right from your LSAC.org account (to US member law schools only). Schools will then request your Credential Assembly Service law school report from LSAC.
  • Order LSAC Law School Reports online. You will be prompted to order a report each time you submit an electronic application.
  • Use your LSAC.org account to verify that your reports were sent to the law schools to which you applied.
  • Check your file status through your LSAC.org account.

NOTE: A one-time $25 fee will be charged to LSAC.org account holders who still wish to receive paper copies of LSAC documents.

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